DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Geographer
(Someone buy this man an atlas!)

DUBYA: And you came up from where?
CHRIS SANFORD (Dep't of Energy Employee): We were relocated from West
Tennessee --
DUBYA: Yes, Tennessee, good. Nice part of the world.
-- I guess for Dubya, "world" and "America" are interchangeable, Portsmouth, Ohio,
Sep. 10, 2004

There's a lot of help moving into this part of the world. -- By "this part of the world",
Dubya means the region of Florida stricken by Hurricane Charley, Punta Gorda,
Florida, Aug. 15, 2004

I find it very interesting that the United Nations is sending a very distinguished citizen
from Chile to Haiti to help stabilize that country so the people of Haiti have a chance to
live a hopeful life. And that's going to require security measures, and as the President
mentioned -- I think you said in Spanish, there's a donors conference tomorrow, it's a
very important conference, and that we will be attending, along with Chile, to see if we
can't set priorities for the people of Chile so they have a chance to live a good life. --
Chile? Haiti? They're so hard to keep straight! White House, Jul. 19, 2004

But we've got a big border in Texas, with Mexico, obviously -- and we've got a big
border with Canada -- Arizona is affected. -- No matter how you slice it, this statement
is geographically challenged, Washington, D.C., Jun. 24, 2004

Lori is -- when I met her backstage -- the kind of person that you want really owning a
home because she's so thrilled with the idea. We helped her. I say we -- people here in
this part of the world did. -- By which Dubya means this part of the world of America?
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004

REPORTER: Did you look back at any precedence of any other president's trips?
DUBYA: There is no precedent in the war on terror. This is the first war of the 21st
century, unique in its nature. But I don't know. I guess you all need to do that. I don't
know whether or not -- I think Lyndon Johnson went as a Vice President, or as
President. I don't know.
REPORTER: He was in Asia and he made an unscheduled trip.
DUBYA: Into Vietnam as President?
REPORTER: Eisenhower went to Korea as a --
DUBYA: Franklin Roosevelt went to North Africa, but the front was in Tunisia. I think,
but maybe not.
REPORTER: Abraham Lincoln went to Richmond a couple of days after --
DUBYA: He sure did. I got the picture of the White House of the -- Lincoln with his
generals and Admiral Porter talking about the peace. I think that's what you're talking
REPORTER: But he was mobbed by people when he went to -- this was a couple of
days after he fell.
DUBYA: Right. And he was on a boat outside of Richmond -- unfortunately called the
"Peacemakers." It had a wonderful rainbow behind he and his generals. That's where
he's talking about making sure the peace was fair and generous so that the United
States would stay united. And, interestingly enough, the original is in the -- upstairs in
the Trinity Room in the White House. And it is in the Pentagon, as well, a copy of it,
which I found to be very -- so I remember going into the Pentagon and -- somebody
took -- But thanks for honoring it. -- Showing a shaky grasp of geography and history
all at the same time, Air Force One, Nov. 27, 2003

I think, you know, one of the things we'll have to do, of course, is take an assessment
of why the cascade was so significant, why it was able to ripple so significantly
throughout our system up east. -- San Diego, California, Aug. 14, 2003

I think I've answered the question, and yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a good
governor, as would others running for governor of California. Like you, I'm most
interested in seeing how the process evolves. It's a fascinating bit of political drama
evolving in the state -- in the country's largest state. -- Alaska is the country's largest
state, followed by Texas (Dubya's state), followed by California, Crawford, Texas,
Aug. 13, 2003

I asked the Pima County Arizona commissioner... I said, has the response been good?
His first, right off, he said, Senator McCain and Representative Kolbe have been
incredibly responsive to the people of this part of the world. -- By "this part of the
world", Dubya means "Arizona", Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

I've got very good relations with President Mubarak and Crown Prince Abdullah, and
the King of Jordan, Gulf Coast countries. -- Dubya gets a little bit confused
geographically, confusing the Persian Gulf (Qatar, Bahrain) with the Gulf Coast (Texas,
Florida), with reporters, May 29, 2003

And the time is getting worse. That's what people have got to understand up there in
Washington or over there in Washington down there in Washington, whatever. Thought
I was in Crawford for a minute. -- It always seems like you're in Crawford, Dubya,
Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16, 2003

I appreciate so very much the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, for joining us here. He has
been a steadfast friend. I really enjoy dealing with him on a personal basis. He's a plain-
spoken fellow, with a good sense of
humor. Probably won't go too good up here in Canada, but he'd be a great Texan. -- It
would go even better if you were in Canada, Dubya, Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 9, 2002

But one of the things that rang true yesterday to me, and does every time I make a stop
here in America, is that we should never lack confidence in our character, in the
character of the American people. -- Where is he flying in from on his "stops here in
America"? Canada? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 14, 2002

America at one time was protected by two oceans. We seemed totally invulnerable to,
for example, the wars that took place here in Russia or on the European continent. --
Remarks to community and religious leaders, Moscow, Russia (located on the
European continent), May 24, 2002

And today, I'm informing the prime minister that we're lifting the travel ban on Turkey. -
- Which would have been a good thing if there had been a travel ban in the first place;
unfortunately for Dubya, there wasn't, press conference with Turkish prime minister,
Jan. 17, 2002

Over 50 percent of our energy comes from overseas. Fortunately, a lot of it comes
from Canada. -- Apparently an invisible ocean separates the U.S. and Canada, town
hall forum in Ontario, California, Jan. 5, 2002

They wear boots in other places. -- Dubya exhibiting vast knowledge of the customs
and cultures outside of Texas, Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001

To help displaced workers around this part of the world -- to help those who want to
help themselves find the training necessary to allow them to learn new skills to find
work again. -- "Part of the world" mentioned above is the State of Florida, still a part of
the Union the last time I checked, Town Hall Meeting in Orlando,
Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

DUBYA: So what state is Wales in?
CHURCH: It's a separate country next to England.
DUBYA: Oh, okay.
-- Exchange between Dubya and Welsh teenage singing sensation Charlotte Church, as
reported in MSNBC, Oct. 30, 2001

Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better. -- In press
conference with Canadian PM, and apparently forgetting about the country wedged
between Canada and Mexico, Sept. 24, 2001

The White House is in Washington, D.C., it's up East. -- Explaining that East is "Up" to
students at Crawford Elementary School, Aug. 23, 2001

Most people in Arkansas know where Texas is, and all the people in Texas know
where Arkansas is.
-- Insulting Arkansas in front of a group of Arkansas schoolchildren, Little Rock, Mar.
1, 2001

I assured the prime minister of Canada that my vision of the hemisphere goes both
north and south.
-- talking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Feb. 13, 2001

The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your foreign
minister, who came to Texas. -- To a Slovak journalist as quoted by Knight Ridder
News Service, June 22, 1999. Bush's meeting was with Janez Drnovsek, the prime
minister of Slovenia.

Vice President mentioned Nigeria is a fledgling democracy. We have to work with
Nigeria. That's an important continent. -- Presidential debate, Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, Oct. 11, 2000

I've supported the administration in Colombia. I think it's important for us to be training
Colombians in that part of the world. The hemisphere is in our interest to have a
peaceful Colombia. -- Presidential debate, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Oct. 11,

The only people that are going to reform Russia are Russia. -- Presidential debate,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2000

The people who care more about that land are the hard-working farmers and ranchers
of your part of the state of Washington, D.C. -- Speaking in Spokane, Washington,
September, 2000

If the East Timorians decide to revolt, I'm sure I'll have a statement. -- Quoted by
Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, June 16, 1999

That's Washington. That's the place where you find people getting ready to jump out of
the foxholes before the first shot is fired. -- Westland, Michigan, Sept. 8, 2000

Actually, I - this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I'm talking
about - when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are
talking about me. -- Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

DUBYA: Because the picture on the newspaper. It just seems so un-American to me,
the picture of the guy storming the house with a scared little boy there. I talked to my
little brother, Jeb -- I haven't told this to many people. But he's the governor of -- I
shouldn't call him my little brother -- my brother, Jeb, the great governor of Texas.
JIM LEHRER: Florida.
DUBYA: Florida. The state of the Florida.
-- The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, PBS, April 27, 2000

I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more
ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California. -- In Los Angeles as quoted by the
Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000

I'd like to go down to South America. There is a complicating factor there. The
Mexican presidential election is taking place, and I certainly don't want to get involved
in that. -- If Dubya took a trip to South America, at best he'd fly past Mexico -- in
North America -- to get there, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 19, 2000

DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Economist
(Dubya's grasp of economics on full display)

Now, if you're a worker who earns 35 dollars a year over your lifetime, and this system
were in effect where you could put 4 percent of your payroll taxes in a personal
account, and you started at age 20, by the time you retired, your personal account
would grow to 250,000 dollars. That's compounding rate of interest.
-- That's some seriously compounding interest! Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 10, 2005

We need to reform our legal systems so the people, on the one hand, can get justice.
On the other hand, the justice system doesn't affect the flows of capital. -- Dubya
presents a case for a justice system second only to the free flow of capital, which we
must assume is more important, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2004

And we've heard that rhetoric, haven't we, tax the rich? The rich hire lawyers and
accountants for a reason, to stick you with the tab. -- Is Dubya speaking from
experience here? Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 2004

Investment means you're purchasing something, and somebody has to make that which
you purchase and sell that which you purchase. And that's how the economy works. --
It's just that simple... Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

If a construction worker has got more money in his pocket, he's going to demand an
additional good or a service. And when they demand that additional good or a service,
somebody has to produce the good or a service. And when somebody produces a
good or a service, somebody is more likely to keep a job or find work. -- Dubya
throws construction workers into the mix this time in another repeat offense offering,
Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 12, 2004

You know what else I think? You know what else I think when they say, tax the rich?
Most rich people are able to avoid taxes, and if you can't raise enough money from
taxing the rich, guess who pays the taxes? Yes, you do. -- Dubya explains his tax
priorities by portraying the concept of taxing the rich as a pipe dream. I guess we might
as well drop their rate to 0%. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 11, 2004

That's why you've got to be careful about this rhetoric, we're only going to tax the rich.
You know who the -- the rich in America happen to be the small business owners.
That's what that means. -- What? Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway. -- Dubya tries to find
more reasons not to tax the rich, Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is 5.1 percent. That's good news for people who are
trying to find jobs.
-- It's not exactly good news until those people have found jobs, Dubya. Smoketown,
Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004

This economy of ours is steady and strong. It's steady and strong. It's steady and
strong, which means people are going back to work. -- You are getting very sleepy...
Washington, D.C., Jul. 2, 2004

We've got -- John Biagas is with us. John, thank you for coming. Newport News,
Virginia. Newport News, Virginia. John purchased his business in 1997. He took a
gamble and said, I'm going to buy the business from the previous owner. I think he said
they might have had a million dollars' worth of sales in 1997 -- they're over $14 million
now. That's pretty good growth, isn't it, in a five-year period of time? -- Great, except
that 1997 is seven years ago, Washington, D.C., Jul. 2, 2004

We have overcome a recession. That means things are going backwards. -- Dubya
seems intent on burning this meaningless phrase into the ground, Albuquerque, New
Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004

We've been through a recession. That means things are going backwards. -- Ahhh,
that's what it means, Nashua, New Hampshire, Mar. 25, 2004

We need to make sure that we have legal reform. Junk and frivolous lawsuits make it
awfully difficult for people to find work here in the United States. -- Dubya stretches
responsibility for the poor job market to include frivolous lawsuits, Washington, D.C.,
Mar. 23, 2004

Heck, we're 5 percent of the world's population, which means there's 95 percent of the
people ready for products that say, "Made in the USA." -- I guess the American 5
percent will have to continue buying products made in China, Washington, D.C., Mar.
16, 2004

That's what we're here to discuss. It's an economic lesson. But we're not using Ph.D.'s.
Well, we're using Ph.D.'s in the sense that we're talking to entrepreneurs who are on
the front lines of making capital decisions every day -- Oh, those Ph.D.'s, Washington,
D.C., Mar. 16, 2004

We had some CEOs that weren't honest with their shareholders and their employees.
And we passed tough laws that said, we're not going to tolerate dishonesty in the
boardrooms of America. You're now beginning to see on your TV screens what we're
talking about. People are being held to account. And that hurt our economy. -- Holding
people to account hurt our economy? Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Mar. 15, 2004

And we began to recover from the attacks on September the 11th because we're a
strong people. We're resilient because there's an ownership society, a culture of
ownership in America. -- Ownership is what makes America strong (?), Bakersfield,
California, Mar. 4, 2004

I want to remind you right quick what this country has been through, and the challenges
this economy had faced over the last three years. First, we went through a recession.
That means we were going backwards.
-- I don't know... there's just something about this one that makes me laugh,
Bakersfield, California, Mar. 4, 2004

Hopefully, as the Georgia economy approves -- improves -- and I'm confident it will --
there will be opportunities for business opportunities. -- As long as there are
opportunities for business opportunities...
Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2004

Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down,
basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off. -- So that's what it means,
Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 2004

The march to war affected the people's confidence. It's hard to make investment. See,
if you're a small business owner or a large business owner and you're thinking about
investing, you've got to be optimistic
when you invest. Except when you're marching to war, it's not a very optimistic thought,
is it? In other words, it's the opposite of optimistic when you're thinking you're going to
war. War is not conducive to -- for investment. -- For some reason, Dubya always
presents the "march to war" in the third person, as if it happened despite him. Puzzling...
Springfield, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2004

I have been saying that this economy looks pretty strong, and today 112,000 new jobs
were created last month -- a report that 112,000 new jobs were created last month.
And that's good. -- He nearly got it right the second time, Reston, Virginia, Feb. 4,

We want to make sure our wallets all across the country are healthy. -- Dubya
proposes a health care plan for wallets, Philadelpia, Pennsylvania, Jan. 31, 2004

To serve the economic needs of our country, we must also reform our immigration
laws. Reform must begin by confronting a basic fact of life and economics. Some of the
jobs being generated in America's growing
economy are jobs American citizens are not filling. This past week, I proposed a new
temporary worker program that would match willing foreign workers with willing
American employers, when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs. If an American
employer is offering a job that American citizens are not willing to take, we ought to
welcome into our country a person who will fill that job. -- I'm confused. Is Dubya
coming out in support of creating jobs that Americans wouldn't want to do? Shouldn't
we find out why Americans are
"unwilling" to do them? Could it have something to do with low pay and long hours?
Perhaps I'm being too cynical here... President's Radio Address, Jan. 10, 2004,

Unemployment dropped today to 5.7 percent. -- Somehow, unemployment managed
to drop in a single day. Dubya sure has his finger on the pulse of the economy.
Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

Today, the unemployment rate dropped, as you may know, from 6 percent to 5.9
percent. -- At that rate we'll be at full employment in two months, Halethorpe,
Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

We have an obligation to do everything we can to keep this country secure, to never
forget the lessons of September the 11th, 2001, to find the enemy before they come
again, to stay on the offensive, and to bring
these killers to justice, which is what we're going to do. But it hurt our economy when
they attacked us, of course. Not only did it change foreign policy, in other words, we
can't sit there and pick and choose what threat we deal with. Now that we have
become vulnerable, we're going to have deal with the threats before they mature and
come upon us. But it hurt our economy. It hurt us pretty bad. -- To sum up: we're on
the offensive against terror, and they're the ones who ruined our economy, Halethorpe,
Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

See, when a person has more money in their pocket, they're likely to come to Home
Depot. -- I think someone had better check the corporate campaign contributions list,
Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

And then we marched to war, war in Afghanistan and Iraq, all of which affected the
people's confidence. That's a tough -- tough hurdles to cross, when it came to our
economy. -- Dubya sloppily blames himself for the bad economy, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, Nov. 7, 2003

Brian Stowell is here. ...He says the tax cuts helped a lot. That's his words, not mine.
...He's going to buy a new router, made in North Carolina. There's a router worker
who's going to be a -- benefit from his decision caused by tax relief. -- Emphasizing tax
relief fo "router workers", Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 9, 2003

When somebody has more money in their pocket, they're more likely to demand a
good or a service. And in our society, when you demand a good or a service,
somebody is going to produce the good or a service.
-- New variation on this Dubya classic seems to indicate that production in response to
demand is an attribute which is unique to American society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Oct. 3, 2003

You see, when Al and his company decides to buy a machine, somebody has got to
make the machine. And that means somebody in the machine-making company is more
likely to find a job, as well. -- So simple... if only it made logical sense. Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

If you're working all your life to build up your small business, and you want to leave it
whoever you want to leave it to, they shouldn't -- that asset shouldn't be taxed twice,
shouldn't tax your income when you're making money, and shouldn't tax it when you
pass it on to your son, daughter, whoever you want to pass it on to, it doesn't make --
we're working with the Congress to get rid of it. -- Wow, Dubya proposes to eliminate
all income tax (as long as you're making money, at least), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct.
3, 2003

Higher productivity means that workers earn more. -- I always thought it meant
something different, but I guess I've learned something here, Richfield, Ohio, Sep. 1,

As the economy kind of got going again, the enemy attacked us. September the 11th
had a significant impact on our economy. And then we discovered some of our
corporate CEOs forgot to tell the truth, and that affected confidence. And then as you
may remember, Tom, we had the steady drumbeat to war. As I mentioned in my press
conference the other day, on our TV screens there was a -- on some TV screens --
there was a constant reminder for the American people, "march to war." War is not a
very pleasant subject in people's minds, it's not conducive for the investment of capital.
-- In Dubya's mind, with this answer he's distancing himself from responsibility for the
economic situation, despite being the person who initiated the "march to war", and
being on friendly terms with many of the "corporate CEOs" who "forgot" to tell the
truth, Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2003

We got attacked in 9/11. And then corporate scandals started to bubble up to the
surface, which created a -- a lack of confidence in the system. And then we had the
drumbeat to war. Remember on our TV screens
-- I'm not suggesting which network did this -- but it said, "March to War," every day
from last summer until the spring -- "March to War, March to War." That's not a very
conducive environment for people to take risk, when they hear, "March to War" all the
time. -- So why did you continue marching, then, Dubya? Washington, D.C., Aug. 1,

Paul Carrozza, who is an entrepreneur, a business entrepreneur, started with nothing
except a good pair of legs, and started what they call RunTex. -- I sure am glad that
Dubya clarified he is a "business entrepreneur", rather than the other kind, Dallas,
Texas, Jul. 18, 2003

We said loud and clear [to corporate scoundrels], if you cheat the shareholder and
your employees, you will be held responsible for those decisions. The world is now
more peaceful because we acted. -- Who could have guessed that enforcing stricter
economic policy has brought peace to the world? Fridley, Minnesota, Jun. 19, 2003

The crux of the plan I laid out said that if a person has more money in their pocket,
they're likely to demand an additional good or a service. In our type of economy, when
you demand a good or a service, somebody is going to produce the good or a service.
And when somebody produces that good or a service, it's more likely a fellow citizen
will find work. -- Just one more instance of a Dubya repeat offense, Chicago, Illinois,
Jun. 11, 2003

I look forward to signing the economic recovery bill soon. The principle of the bill is
pretty simple, that we believe the more money people have in their pockets, the more
likely it is somebody is going to be able to
find work in America. In other words, the more money somebody has, it means
somebody is more likely to demand a good or a service, which means somebody will
produce a good or a service, which means somebody is likely to find work. -- Sounds
like sound economic theory to me, Washington, D.C., May 22,

And so today I was down there in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I was talking to
some entrepreneurs and talking to a guy who owned his own garage. I can't remember
how long -- I think he's owned his business for
20 years. He started off with two people. He's now up to maybe a couple of -- you
know, 20 people. Anyway, he's growing. -- That Dubya's all about details, ain't he?
Omaha, Nebraska, May 12, 2003

We got into deficit because the economy went into the recession -- is how we got into
deficit. -- Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003

But one of the problems of being a productive economy is that a worker can -- one
worker puts out -- there's better output per worker, let me put it to you that way. --
Yes, a rewording might be wise, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003

Jim Davis, an Arkansas small business owner was reminding me that by getting rid of
the double-taxation of dividends, he would save $5,700 -- money, which, by the way,
that he would seriously consider putting back
into his insurance company. He'd like to hire two additional employees. The double-
taxation -- getting rid of the double-taxation of dividends would make it more likely two
people would find work in Jim's business. -- So is Jim planning on paying them each
$2850 a year? I don't see the cause and effect that will allow him to hire two more
people. Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003

We got a recession because we went to war. -- Trying to blame the recession (which
began before the Sept. 11 attacks) on "the war", which is problematic to say the very
least, Santa Clara, California, May 2, 2003

For the sake of job growth, let's put those tax cuts we've already got in place, in place
today so people can find work. -- So are they in place yet or not? Santa Clara,
California, May 2, 2003

And we had an emergency and a recession, which affected the revenue growth of the
U.S. Treasury. I mean, the stock market went down. Some of the pie-in-the-sky
projections didn't make, and the investors said, oops. The numbers weren't real. The
investors said, well, it looks like the days of everything is going up may end. And so
people started selling, and the markets went down. That affected the revenues coming
into the U.S. Treasury. Recession -- negative growth means less revenues. And so, of
course, we've got a deficit. -- Proving he earned his MBA (?), Canton, Ohio, Apr. 24,

But this nation has got a deficit because we have been through a war. -- Do me a favor
and refresh my memory... Who was it who sent us to war again? Canton, Ohio, Apr.
24, 2003

Last year, this company paid out more than $30 million in dividends -- and a lot of that
went to Timken employees. So when you hear politicians say the tax cut is only for the
rich, they're talking about you. -- So is he admitting that the critics are right, or just
trying to be cute? Canton, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

The most interesting statistics about the entrepreneurial spirit is the number of Hispanic
small businesses that are flourishing in our country. -- Simultaneously strained in
grammar and logic, Washington, D.C., Apr.
15, 2003

Well, I agree with Senator Zell Miller, with this economic theory -- that when a person
has more money in their pocket, they're likely to demand somebody to produce them a
good or a service. In other words, you
get money in your pocket -- you say, well, I think I'd like this product, or I'd like this
service. Five minutes pass... You'll hear in a minute what people do with extra money in
their pockets. You know what they do? They invest, or they hire. -- Speaking with
small business owners, Kennesaw, Georgia, Feb. 20, 2003

I know there's some concern about overstating of numbers, you know, invest in my
company because the sky's the limit. We may not be cash flowing much, but the sky's
the limit. Well, when you pay dividends, that sky's the limit business doesn't hunt. What
only matters is whether or not they can distribute that cash they say they're going to
distribute. It leads to conservative business practices. It leads to being people -- more
businesses being responsible with your money. -- Convoluted statement made to small
business owners, Kennesaw, Georgia, Feb. 20, 2003

Twenty-three million businesses will receive over $2,000 in income tax relief. Now, that
means a lot when you start thinking about the implications. I mean, you've got a one-
man shop. $2,000 may mean the capacity to buy a machine, leverage the money to buy
a machine, which means another job. -- Apparently every machine bought leads to the
creation of a job, or at least it does in the economy in Dubya's mind, Jacksonville,
Florida, Feb. 13, 2003

If we get rid of the double taxation of dividends, it means that one of the good
investment vehicles for a child who is young today will be a dividend paying stock. --
As opposed to a child who is old today? Alexandria, Virginia, Feb. 12, 2003

The more money they have in their more pockets -- in their pockets, the more likely it
is that somebody will find work. -- Economic wisdom from good ol' Dubya, at the
Greenbriar Resort, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Feb. 9, 2003

Ten million seniors receive dividends. It's a part of their retirement package. It's a part
of making sure the quality of life is high. A dividend is a part of a dollar that has gone
through our system that has been taxed twice. -- Trying to explain taxation of
dividends, but missing the mark, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

When a fellow American has more money in his or her pocket, they're more likely to
demand a good or a service. And in the marketplace which we have in America, when
somebody demands a good or a service, somebody is more likely willing to produce
that good or a service. -- Still having problems with this oft-repeated stump speech
content, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

But there is a difference of opinion about who best to spend your money in
Washington, D.C. Sometimes they forget whose money you're spending. Listen to the
rhetoric. -- May I suggest that you listen to your own rhetoric first, Dubya? St. Louis,
Missouri, Jan. 22, 2003

So I met a guy today named Joe.... He said, by allowing businesses to expense up to
$75,000, it means somebody is more likely to buy a copying machine, or in this case,
an architectural fancy machine. -- I'm thinking this statement is a lot more Dubya than it
is Joe, St. Louis, Missouri, Jan. 22, 2003

The page of the economic textbook that we've read from says that if you let a person
keep more of their own money, they're more than likely to demand an additional good
or a service. They're likely to demand a good or a service, and when they do that,
somebody is likely to produce the good or a service. And when somebody produces
the good or a service, it's more likely somebody is going to be able to find a job. -- Still
having problems with this frequently used stump speech phrasework, Dallas, Texas,
Nov. 4, 2002

One of the problems we have is that enough people can't find work in America. --
Given the wording, that sounds like a problem for us more than for Dubya, Bentonville,
Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2002

Of course, we've got a -- our economy is kind of bumping along. It's not as strong as it
should be. It's bumping and bumping. -- Putting it in layman terms that only he
understands, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002

Here's the page of the textbook we read from -- the economics textbook, that is. We
strongly believe that if you let a person keep more of their own money, they're likely to
demand a good or a service. And when they
demand a good or a service, somebody is likely to produce the good or a service. And
when somebody produces that good or a service, somebody in Georgia and around
America is more likely to find work. -- Wow, somebody in Georgia? Specifically?
Along with somebody around America, too? Your textbook sure is impressive, Dubya,
Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 2, 2002

Millions of -- thousands of people -- millions of dollars and thousands of people --
millions of dollars aren't being invested and thousands of people aren't working. -- It's
neat, you can see the sentence take shape before your very eyes, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, Nov. 1, 2002

If you put your mind to it, the first-time home buyer, the low-income home buyer can
have just as nice a house as anybody else. -- Apparently wealth is "all in the mind",
Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2002

This is -- an ownership society is a compassionate society. -- ???, Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 15, 2002

It's hard for me to explain why we need to make the tax cuts permanent. It's kind of
some of the things that happen in Washington. On the one hand, they taketh away. On
the other hand, they giveth. -- He is absolutely right. It is hard for him to explain.
Denver, Colorado Sep. 27, 2002

We need people up there who understand that if Congress overspends it will serve as
an anchor to economic vitality and growth. -- I think Dubya's trying to say
overspending is a bad thing, but that's not how it comes across, Houston, Texas, Sep.
26, 2002

You'll hear, we're going to spend -- the government is going to spend the government
money here, and the government is going to spend the government here. -- Huh?
Trenton, New Jersey, Sep. 23, 2002

In order to make sure the country was stronger, I pulled this page out of the economic
textbook, the page that says, if you let people keep more of their own money, they're
going to spend it on a good or a service. If they spend it on a good or a service,
somebody will produce the good and service. And if somebody produces a good or
service, some American is more likely to find work. -- Trenton, New Jersey, Sep. 23,

You see, if you have more money in your pocket, you're going to demand a good or a
service. And when you demand a good or a service, somebody is likely to produce or
to make that good, or produce that service. And when somebody produces the good
and service, it means somebody is more likely to find work.
-- Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

I'm so proud to be here to embrace his candidacy. ...Bill Simon is a proven
businessman. -- Showing support for the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California,
whose firm had recently been convicted and ordered to pay $78 million in damages for
defrauding a partner, Stockton, California, Aug. 23, 2002

Here's the theory behind that. If you let a person keep their own money -- and by the
way, we're not talking about the government's money, when we're spending money,
we're talking about the people's money. You let somebody keep their own money,
they're likely to demand a good or a service. And if they demand a good or a service,
somebody is likely to produce that good or service. And when somebody produces a
good and service, somebody is more likely to find work. -- Dubya almost managed to
make it through this time without converting "good or service" into "good and service".
Almost. Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002

We've got some challenges that face our economy, there's no question about it. I mean,
the first three quarters of my presidency we were in recession. That means the
economy was going backwards, it was negative growth. The next three quarters we've
had positive growth. But about halfway through that time, the enemy hit us, and it
affected our economy. -- If the enemy hit us halfway through the second set of three
quarters since Dubya took office, that would put the terrorist strike sometime around
February, 2002. Oh, well. Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002

I remember telling people that where I came from, at least the economic book that I
believe in say, if you've got tough times in your economy, you got to let people keep
more of their own money. -- Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002

I mean, after all, for the first three quarters when I was the president, we were in
recession, and then that September the 11th hit, and that hurt our economy. And then,
some of these liars showed up, some of these scandals started to surface. They've been
in the making for a while, but they began to bubble up. And that shook the confidence
of our country. -- Finding new explanations for the state of the economy (including
among his peers, though he wouldn't want you to draw that conclusion), Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2002

See, in times of recession it's important to let people keep their own money. And when
they keep their own money, they're going to demand some good or service. And by
demanding a good or a service, somebody will produce the good and service, which
means jobs. That's what that means. -- Economic theory by Dubya, Jackson,
Mississippi, Aug. 7, 2002

When you have your own money, it means you've got more money to spend. --
Greensboro, North Carolina, July 25, 2002

So they started quoting these textbooks that said, when times are slow, raise taxes.
When times are slow, don't let the people keep their money. The textbook I read says
that if we let you have your own money, you'll decide to spend it on a good and
service. And if you decide to spend it on the good and service, somebody will produce
the good and service. And when somebody produces the good and service, it means
somebody is going to find work. -- Concept repeated by Dubya so many times that he
fails to notice replacing "good or service" with "good and service" -- 4 times --
Birmingham, Alabama, July 15, 2002

As well, in order for us to have the security we all want, America must get rid of the
hangover that we now have as a result of the binge, the economic binge we just went
through. We were in a land of -- there was
endless profit, there was no tomorrow when it came to, you know, the stock markets
and corporate profits. And now we're suffering a hangover for that binge. -- Finding an
interesting metaphor (especially given Dubya's history) for describing the economy,
Birmingham, Alabama, July 15, 2002

The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for 'entrepreneur.' --
Statement apparently made to British PM Tony Blair, and repeated by Baroness
Williams of Crosby, as reported in the Washington Post, July 10, 2002 Note: This
quote is dubious in origin, and is likely to have been a statement made in jest by the

Sometimes things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting
procedures. -- Justifying his oil firm's accounting record, Washington, D.C., July 8,

Adam, as you know, my position is, is that the dollar will seek its level based upon --
based upon market forces and based upon whether or not our country can rein in
spending, can recover, can revitalize our manufacturing base. And so the dollar will
seek its appropriate level based upon market forces. -- Leaving off right where he
started, and dispensing with all said in between, Kananaskis, Canada, June 25, 2002

My view is -- and you know what it is, which is if you let people keep more of their
own money, they'll spend it. And when they spend it, they're going to demand a good
and service and then somebody's got to provide the good and service. -- Washington,
D.C., June 13, 2002

If you're running your company, by the way, you're responsible for fully disclosing your
assets and your liabilities. And that's what -- and it's happening, it's happening. --
Oddly emphatic statement that Dubya has offered up many times following the start of
the Enron scandal, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2002

But if you're fortunate enough to be an American -- responsibility to love your
neighbor. That if you run in -- if you're in corporate America you have a responsibility
to your workers and your shareholders to fully disclose assets and liabilities. -- Two
unrelated themes tied together unconvincingly, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

When the enemy hit, they not only killed a lot of innocent people, but they affected our
economy. And it's one of the reasons I'm so proud we cut the taxes on the people who
work.... I want to remind the people
about what took place before September the 11th. Tax rebate checks started coming
in the mail. -- So which is it Dubya? Were the tax cuts meant to address the aftermath
of Sept. 11 or not? Kind of hard to if they were made beforehand. Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

If you welcome trade into your country, it creates the notion of freedom. It gives
people, consumers, the opportunity to demand product, which is part of a free society.
-- Freedom brought on by the desire to buy stuff? Okay, I guess it worked for China,
right Dubya? That place is a textbook example of freedom. White House, Apr. 4, 2002

You see, we understand -- Phil understands, I understand, and John understands --
that if you let people keep more of their own money, they will demand more goods and
services. And if they demand more goods and services, somebody will help produce
those goods and services. And if somebody else produces those goods and services, it
makes it easier for somebody to find work. -- An explanation of "Dubya-nomics" made
to the Republican Party of Texas, Dallas, Texas, Mar. 29, 2002

I remember campaigning in Chicago one time, and the guy said, would you ever deficit
spend? I said, well, only if we were at war, or the country was in recession, or there
was a national emergency. I didn't realize we were going to get the trifecta. -- At least
the 4th documented "trifecta" statement by Dubya, who apparently doesn't see the
comparison of tragedy to winning big at the horse races as inappropriate, Four Seasons
Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Apr. 3, 2002

You know, when I was campaigning in Chicago, in the general election, somebody
said, "Would you ever deficit spend?" I said, "Well, only if we were at war, or there
was a national emergency, or we were in a
recession." Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta. -- Yes, America hit the jackpot, and
Duyba has free reign to deficit spend, Republican Party luncheon, Dallas, Texas, Mar.
29, 2002

Look, I don't care about the numbers. I know the facts. -- Answer to economists who
were debating the economic impact of September 11, St. Petersburg, Florida, Mar. 8,

The best way to battle an economic slowdown is to get people your own money back
so you can spend it.
-- Des Moines, Iowa, Mar. 1, 2002

We talked about non-performing loans, the devaluation issue and regulatory reform.
And he placed equal emphasis on all three. -- Dubya, misstating that he and Japanese
prime minister Koizumi had discussed devaluating the Yen (his handlers said he meant
to say "the deflation issue"), sending the Japanese currency into tailspin in the process.
Oops. Tokyo, Feb. 18, 2002

The first condition to make sure that people can find work is to make sure our nation is
secure, secure against an enemy that wants to attack us. -- Offering interesting
economic theory, John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Illinois, Jan. 14, 2002

Not over my dead body will they raise your taxes. -- Apparently capable of preventing
tax hikes, even from the afterlife, Jan. 5, 2002

More money in people's pockets mean more economic activity. -- Explaining just how
simple economics is for him, town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

Listen to your mother. -- Dubya's response to a 7th-grader asking what he can do to
help the economy, town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

I hurt, that coming into the holiday season, that you're not working. But I admire your
courage for going out to try to improve yourselves so you can find jobs around here. --
Apparently all you need to do find a job is some self-improvement, Orlando, Florida,
Dec. 4, 2001

I believe -- I think you ought to ask the -- I wish you could have heard the discussion
we had. Let me put it to you that way, where I believe people around this table, for
example, believe it's important to be aggressive on the front end, that the risk-reward
ratio is beneficial to be more aggressive on the front end. And obviously, we agree with
that. -- Agreeing with something, I'm just not sure what, Oct. 3, 2001

If you try to look at one isolated incident, it's easy to belittle $600 in a person's pocket.
But $600 of additional disposable income all across America that amounts to billions of
dollars will provide a part of the equation for economic recovery. Of course, if
somebody buys a pencil, somebody's had to make it. But it is not just school supplies.
That maybe kind of diminishes the effect of billions of dollars getting into the economy
in a very quick period of time. -- Lost in hypotheticals to the loss of his train of thought,
and incorrect in assumption that most people think of $600 as being insignificant, Aug.
21, 2001

Why? Because it's something people ought to do. And I believe in supporting charities.
As you know, every year when I put out my income tax returns, you see the fact that I
do give to charities, give to my church. I haven't made up my mind yet. -- Stating he
would give his tax rebate to charity after insisting the reason for the rebates was to
encourage consumer spendingIt's very important for folks to understand that when
there's more trade, there's more commerce. -- Qu¨¦bec City, Canada, Apr. 21, 2001

The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only reduce all
marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people who build up assets are
able to transfer them from one generation to the next, regardless of a person's race. --
Washington, D.C., Apr. 5, 2001

America is, the harder you work, the easier the middle class ought to become, and the
more money you get to keep. -- National Newspaper Association 40th Annual
Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2001

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it. -- Reuters, May 5, 2000

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness. -- The
Edge With Paula Zahn, Sept. 18, 2000

I understand small business growth. I was one. -- New York Daily News, Feb. 19,

There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like
me. -- On the coming Social Security crisis, Wilton, Connecticut, June 9, 2000

It's one thing about insurance, that's a Washington term. -- Candidate George W. Bush

It's your money. You paid for it. -- LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of
federal program. -- Dubya commenting on the federal Social Security system, St.
Charles, Missouri, Nov. 2, 2000

Now, younger workers -- our younger citizens -- fully understand -- I think the polls --
it's more likely to see some of you go to Mars than to receive a check from the Social
Security system. -- Offering assessment of Social Security to journalist Jim Lehrer,
Apr. 27, 2001

I would hope -- I mean, I'm not going "hooray." I wish it wasn't as jittery. I wish it was
stable because I'm not -- I'm not so crass as to want to be the president at the expense
of somebody's portfolio, but that does trouble me a little bit because I think -- and I
think -- I think there's some uncertainty out there that's beginning to kind of creep into
the conscious of investors. -- Speaking on potential for faltering economy to launch him
into the Oval Office, as only he can, Apr. 27, 2000

Some say give it the Federal Budget Surplus to the taxpayers who pay the bills. That
some is George W. Bush. -- Dubya dispensing with the surplus while simultaneously
dispensing with all command of the English language, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2000

I mean, these good folks are revolutionizing how businesses conduct their business.
And, like them, I am very optimistic about our position in the world and about its
influence on the United States. We're concerned about the short-term economic news,
but long-term I'm optimistic. And so, I hope investors, you know -- secondly, I hope
investors hold investments for periods of time -- that I've always found the best
investments are those that you salt away based on economics. -- Austin, Texas, Jan. 4,